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The South at Work: Observations from 1904

by William Garrott Brown & Bruce E Baker

In 1904 William Garrott Brown traveled the American South, investigating the region's political, economic, and social conditions. Using the pen name "Stanton," Brown published twenty epistles in the Boston Evening...


More Curious

by Sean Wilsey

In More Curious, Sean Wilsey travels across the U.S., from the launchpad at Cape Canaveral, to the isolated artists' enclave of Marfa, Texas, to the boardrooms and ballrooms of post–9/11 New York City. Wherever...


Conversations with Jay Parini

by Michael Lackey

Jay Parini (b. 1948) is best known for his novel about Leo Tolstoy's last year, The Last Station, which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and made into a Hollywood film. But he has also...


T. S. Eliot and Christian Tradition

by Benjamin G. Lockerd, Hazel Atkins & Anderson D. Araujo

Many studies of Eliot's writings have mentioned his religious beliefs, but most have failed to give the topic due weight, and many have misunderstood or misrepresented his faith. T. S. Eliot and Christian Tradition...


The Heart of Happy Hollow

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Sixteen tales offer insights into the lives of African Americans after the Civil War, recounting the promise of northward migration, the horrors of lynching, and the complexity of relationships between former...


The Brown Reader: 50 Writers Remember College Hill

by Jeffrey Eugenides, Rick Moody & Lois Lowry

“To be up all night in the darkness of your youth but to be ready for the day to come…that was what going to Brown felt like.” —Jeffrey Eugenides

In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary,...


The 40s: The Story of a Decade

by E. B. White & David Remnick

Including contributions by W. H. Auden • Elizabeth Bishop • John Cheever • Janet Flanner • John Hersey • Langston Hughes • Shirley Jackson • A. J. Liebling • William Maxwell • Carson McCullers...


Making Callaloo

by Charles Henry Rowell

This important book collects a wide range of fiction and poetry that first appeared in the pages of Callaloo, the premier literary journal devoted to African-diaspora literature and to Black literary and cultural...


November Boughs

by Walt Whitman

Rare essays and verses by the 70-year-old poet include reflections on the genesis of Leaves of Grass, "Slang in America," "What Lurks Behind Shakespeare's Historical Plays," "The Old Bowery," and more.


Faulkner and Mystery

by Annette Trefzer & Ann J. Abadie

Faulkner and Mystery presents a wide spectrum of compelling arguments about the role and function of mystery in William Faulkner's fiction. Twelve new essays approach the question of what can be known and what...


New Border Voices: An Anthology

by Brandon D Shuler, Robert Earl Johnson & Erika Garza-Johnson

When the "counter-canon" itself becomes canonized, it's time to reload. This is the notion that animates New Border Voices, an anthology of recent and rarely seen writing by Borderlands artists from El Paso...


Conversations with Ken Kesey

by Scott F. Parker

Ken Kesey (1935-2001) is the author of several works of well-known fiction and other hard-to-classify material. His debut novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, was a critical and commercial sensation that...


Short Story Masterpieces by American Women Writers

by Clarence C. Strowbridge

Fourteen tales include Joyce Carol Oates' "Heat," Flannery O'Connor's "The Life You Save May Be Your Own," "Why I Live at the P.O." by Eudora Welty, plus stories by Edith Wharton, Louise Erdrich, Alice Walker,...


Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities

by Murphy Pizza

Paganistan - a moniker adapted by the Twin Cities Contemporary Pagan community - is the title of a history and ethnography of a regionally unique, urban, and vibrant community in Minnesota. As the first ever...


Conversations with Stanley Kunitz

by Kent P. Ljungquist

"He again tops the crowd--he surpasses himself, the old iron brought to the white heat of simplicity." That's what Robert Lowell said of the poetry of Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006) and his evolving artistry. The...


Red Holler: Contemporary Appalachian Literature

by John Branscum & Wayne Thomas

Anthology of contemporary Appalachian literature travels through housing projects, forest-stripped ravines, and trailer high-rises, exploring Appalachia's vibrant migrant tradition.


The Best American Short Stories 2013

by Elizabeth Strout & Heidi Pitlor

The Best American Short Stories is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction, guest edited in 2012 by Pultizer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout.


The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013

by Dave Eggers

A selection of the best writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, published in American periodicals during during 2012 aimed at readers fifteen and up.


a dirty hand: The Literary Notebooks of Winfield Townley Scott

by Winfield Townley Scott & Merle Armitage

From "a dirty hand": Words are very powerful. You aren't sure of that? Think of all the things you won't say. Wonderful remark in a note I had this week from William Carlos Williams. He spoke of the "disease"...


Minority Report

by H.L. Mencken

In the fall of 1948 H. L. Mencken, then at the top of his unmatchable form (he had spoken at a meeting of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia only a little while before), suffered a stroke. He...